White Hall will celebrate the 54th Founders Day this weekend with thousands of visitors, food, games, music and more.
Ever since the city of White Hall’s incorporation on July 14, 1964, the Founders Day Fall Festival has been the city’s most popular and widely-attended event during the community’s already-chock-full annual calendar of events.
The festival, held in White Hall City Park, has always included a showcase for performances by a wide variety of local talent, including dance troupes, gymnastics teams, bands, choirs and others, according to a news release.
As White Hall’s population has grown, so has the Founders Day celebration, with new attractions and activities added over the years.
The newest and wildly popular event is “White Hall’s Got Talent, Y’all,” a talent competition where White Hall’s most talented performer wins bragging rights and a cash prize. Other highlights are the Neon Night Fun Walk, food and craft vendors, plus family-friendly fun for all ages.
Another big draw to the festivities is the annual “Good Ole Boys” barbecue cook-off, and recently added, a steak cook-off sanctioned by the Steak Cook-Off Association.
Local teams will compete for over $15,000 in prize money.
Following is a full schedule for Founders Day activities. For more information about entering the various competitions or about setting up a booth, visit https://whitehallfoundersday.com/
FRIDAY, OCT. 19
5 p.m. — Mouth-watering aromas of Good Ole Boys Cook-Off barbecue and appetizers begin to fill the park.
7 p.m. — Neon Night, the annual glow-in-the-dark family fun walk takes place at White Hall City Park. Wear your most creative “glow attire” to light up White Hall.
Stay after the walk for Movies in the Park. This year’s feature: Despicable Me 3.
SATURDAY, OCT. 20
7-9 a.m. — Annual Lions Club Pancake Breakfast at White Hall City Hall. Tickets: $8 for adults; $5 for children ages 3 to 10; and children under the age of 3 are free. All you can eat plain, blueberry or chocolate chip pancakes served with milk, orange juice and coffee.
7:30 a.m. — 5K/Fun Walk begins with all participants meeting in front of City Hall, 101 Parkway Drive.
10 a.m. — Annual Parade starts on Dollarway Road at Chipmunk and continues to Anderson Avenue, then to its conclusion at White Hall City Park. Winning floats will be announced on the John Terry Amphitheater stage when the parade finishes.
The Fifth Annual “Good Ole Boys” Backyard BBQ & Third Annual SCA Steak Cook-Off will continue to entice festival attendees with smoky aromas as they vie for top places in the competitions.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — White Hall’s best bakers compete for sweet victory in the Annual Founders Day Dessert Contest.
12 p.m. to 3 p.m. — Local entertainers amaze and amuse on the stage of the John Terry Amphitheater.
1-3 p.m. — Try your hand (or palate) at being a judge of the yummy barbecue ribs being cooked during the “Good Ole Boys” Competition. Buy 3 People’s Choice rib tickets for only $5. First come, first serve.
7 p.m. — See White Hall’s best entertainers compete in the Finals of the White Hall’s Got Talent, Y’all talent competition on stage at John Terry Amphitheater.